Mr. Monty McDermott is entering his 29th year at St. John Bosco High School and his 19th year as the Director of Athletics. He attended St. Maria Goretti Parish school in Long Beach for eight years before attending SJB, graduating in the Class of 1986.
While attending SJB, Mr. McDermott was a captain and all Del Rey League performer in baseball and football. In his senior season, he set a national high school record vs Don Bosco Tech, hitting three home runs (two grand slams) and finishing the day with 14 RBI's, which stands today as the California state record. Mr. McDermott went on to play baseball at the University of San Diego, later transferring to the University of La Verne, where he was a captain and All-West Region outfielder for the Leopards. He graduated from University of La Verne and earned a professional clear teaching credential in Kinesiology and Biology in 1991.
In 1992, he came home to SJB as a PE teacher, baseball and football coach. Throughout his years here, Mr. McDermott served as a teacher (Math, Physical Education, Science and Health), Dean of Discipline, Department Chair, baseball and football coach before becoming Assistant Athletic Director in 1999. In 2001, Mr. McDermott earned a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Administration from California State University, Long Beach, and was named Athletic Director in the fall of 2002. He currently serves as the CIF Representative for the Trinity League.
In 2007, the CIF named Mr. McDermott the first Champion for Character individual award-winner in the history of SJB. The school has won this prestigious award three times (a current record); in addition, four coach-administrators and six student-athletes have won this award. Under Mr. McDermott's tenure as Athletic Director, the Braves have won 52 varsity league titles, 79 CIF titles (team and individual), 26 state championships (team and individual) and 11 national titles (team and individual). In addition, there have been 314 All-CIF, 88 All state and 45 All-American student athletes under McDermott’s stretch as Director of Athletics.
Personally, Mr. McDermott enjoys music, travelling, fishing, movies and going to concerts. He lives with his wife Delores, son Monty Jr. and their dogs Sierra and Brave in Long Beach, where they attend St. Maria Goretti Parish.
I would like to welcome all of you to the 2020-21 school year and another year for St. John Bosco Athletics. On behalf of our coaches, athletic staff and student-athletes, we would like to welcome you and wish you the best as you represent the St. John Bosco High School family, also known as the Brave Nation! Due to the pandemic, this will be a new and unique year for not only St. John Bosco, but every high school in the United States. We will face new challenges and take on bigger than ever tasks. Our coaches and athletic staff welcome these challenges and will work very hard to make sure our student-athletes have the greatest athletic experience possible.
Congratulations to our Brave athletes who competed in and out of the classroom this past school year. In fact, all 13 of our CIF varsity sports earned a team GPA of 3.0 or higher and 202 of our varsity student-athletes were awarded scholar athlete status (+3.0 GPA) and even more impressive was that we had 141 varsity student-athletes earn a 3.5+ GPA. Although our spring season was cut short, our 2019-20 teams and student-athletes were also very successful on the field, compiling two league championships, six playoff berths, four final appearances, four section championships, one state title and one national championship. Individual student-athletes earned 25 first team All CIF selections and won 14 CIF individual championships. In addition, we had 15 student-athletes named first team all-state, one state champion, one state player of the year, seven first team All Americans and one National Player of the Year. Most importantly, our seniors earned 30 athletic scholarships, which is 30 times the national average. All of this added up to our school being named the 2019-20 School of the Year by Cal Hi Sports! Congratulations to our entire Bosco community!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who make the St. John Bosco athletic program a success. First, I want to start by thanking the parents, who spend so much time volunteering and supporting their sons on and off the field. I would also like to give gratitude to my alumni brothers, friends and fans who have supported St. John Bosco athletics over the years with prayers, attendance and support. Lastly, I want to thank the Salesians, our faculty, staff, administration and board of directors for the love, support and guidance they have given our student-athletes and coaches.
A special thanks goes out to our 100 plus coaches and athletic staff, who put in countless hours of effort. They are not only preparing our young men for their sport of choice. but are also forming their future lives as well. In fact, our head wrestling coach, Jeff Anderson was named the State Coach of the Year by USA Today and our head football coach, Jason Negro was named the Coach of the Decade by Max Preps. Wow! Finally, I would like to thank our student-athletes. I honestly believe that we have extraordinary young men here at St. John Bosco High School. I am confident that their hard work and commitment in the classroom and on the field will make all of us proud. I pray that all of us will continue to support these young men in a positive and spirited way so that they will continue their success. God Bless!
Mr. Monty McDermott '86, Director of Athletics
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